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BARRACUDA

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Full Name: Barracuda
Series Name: Code Name - Barracuda
Nationality: British
Organization: United Nations
Occupation Agent

Creator: Unknown
Time Span: 1966 - 1968

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Barracuda is an agent with U.N. Intelligence.
       That is, obviously, not the agent's real name but since we never learn any other moniker, including whatever one he was born with, it is the best we can do. Even his closest friends call him Barracuda, which is also his codename, so he is not likely to be offended if we use it. Speaking of names, it is quite common to see his adventures described as being that of "Codename: Barracuda".
       I put his department as being "Intelligence" but really he works for the United Nations in general. I narrowed it down because his missions are that of a generalized troubleshooter but more often directed against very bad people or organizations and someone has to be making those distinctions, hence putting him in a department.
       Barracuda does not routinely work alone. He has as his partner a bald headed freakishly strong bruiser named Frollo (no last name known). While Barracuda is essentially the senior partner, their closeness and friendship puts them on equal footing. Since they have worked for quite a while before we meet them in their first recorded adventure, that cohesiveness is already firmly established.
       Though there could be any number of bad guys to warrant calling in a pair like Barracuda and Frollo, the principle nasty organization to take up a good deal of their efforts is War Against Mankind, or WAM. That name really shows how evil the group is because their goal is really to wipe out civilization as we know it. Luckily for us, Barracuda and Frollo prove over and over just how good they are.
       Also playing a major role as nemesis to the pair is King Cobra, a genius who also possess superhuman strength and a wicked imagination and a fantastic mastery of disguises, one time even taking the place of a Presidential candidate and winning! Luckily, Barracuda was able to prove the deception and save the day.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:23
First Appearance:1966
Last Appearance:1968

       In the pages of newly combined Lion and Champion British comicbook magazine in the Fall of 1966 we are first introduced to the ruggedly handsome face (and physique) of Barracuda. The adventures, usually consisting of a dozen or more pages, spanned the issues with 2 or 3 pages per release. The publication came out every Saturday which meant it would take usually a month or more for the entire tale to be told.
       Just 4 months after the serialization of adventures began in LaC, the publisher, Fleetway Publishing, came out with a new line of magazine, A Fleetway SUPER Library, which had several sub-lines to it. One of those sub-lines was the SECRET AGENT Series. Two issues were released each month for over a year, one of the issues being about a different agent, Johnny Nero and the other being about Barracuda.
       While the LaC stories were jam-packed with exciting panels, usually 3 rows of 2 or 3 each, the SAS issues had two large panels, one on top of the other, per page. It all pretty much worked out the same, though, with LaC having 12+ pages per adventure and SAS having 60+ pages.


1 Kidnap The Richest Man In The World Kidnap The Richest Man In The World
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 09/10/1966 - 10/08/1966

Printed in British comics magazine Lion and Champion #753-#757. This comic story is 14 pages in 5 issues. Barracuda and Frollo learn from a WAM agent of the plan to kidnap Julius Van Horn, the richest man in the world. Barracuda decides to get to Mr. Van Horn first, then take his place.

2 The Menace In Texas The Menace In Texas
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 10/08/1966 - 11/19/1966

Printed in the British comics magazine Lion and Champion #757-#763. This comic story is 17 pages in 7 issues. W.A.M. wants land in Texas so they supply military arms to a tribe of Apaches who then go on the warpath. It becomes Barracuda's mission to stop the uprising and find the W.A.M. HQ.

3 The Phantom of the Pole The Phantom of the Pole
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 11/26/1966 - 12/24/1966

Printed in the British comics magazine Lion and Champion #764-#768. [plot unknown]

4 'The Platinum Pirates' 'The Platinum Pirates'
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 12/24/1966 - 01/21/1967

Printed in the British comics magazine Lion and Champion #768-#772. [plot unknown]

5 Code Name Barracuda Code Name Barracuda
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 01/16/1967

From Secret Agent #2 - [plot unknown]

6 Peril Beneath The Sea Peril Beneath The Sea
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 01/28/1967 - 03/11/1968

Printed in the British comics magazine Lion and Champion #773-#779. Delegates from the Iron Curtain nations were heading to San Francisco for a peace conference that WAM wants to derail. Barracuda and Frollo are to help with security but the delegates' plane is hijacked and the people thrown out of the plane to parachute to the sea where they are picked up by a WAM submarine. After that, things get tricky.

7 Call For Barracuda Call For Barracuda
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 02/25/1967

From Secret Agent #4 - [plot unknown]

8 King Cobra King Cobra
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 03/18/1967 - 08/26/1967

Printed in the British comics magazine Lion and Champion #780-#803. [plot unknown]

9 The Evil Ones The Evil Ones
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 03/25/1967

From Secret Agent #6 - [plot unknown]

10 The Death Merchants The Death Merchants
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 04/15/1967

From Secret Agent #8 - [plot unknown]

11 Payment In Death Payment In Death
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 05/13/1967

From Secret Agent #10 - [plot unknown]

12 Fatal Formula Fatal Formula
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 06/1967

From Secret Agent #11 - [plot unknown]

13 The Underground Jungle The Underground Jungle
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 07/1967

From Secret Agent #14 - [plot unknown]

14 The Devil's Ransom The Devil's Ransom
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 08/1967

From Secret Agent #16 - [plot unknown]

15 Barracuda - Crime Buster Barracuda - Crime Buster
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 09/1967

From Secret Agent #18 - [plot unknown]

16 'Protecting The Russian Professor' 'Protecting The Russian Professor'
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 09/02/1967 - 10/07/1967

Printed in the British comics magazine Lion and Champion #804-809. [plot unknown]

17 Return of King Cobra Return of King Cobra
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 10/14/1967 - 02/24/1968

Printed in the British comics magazine Lion and Champion #810-829. [plot unknown]

18 Operation Flash-Point Operation Flash-Point
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 10/1967

From Secret Agent #20 - [plot unknown]

19 The Phantom Captain The Phantom Captain
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 11/1967

From Secret Agent #22 - [plot unknown]

20 The Destroyers The Destroyers
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 12/1967

From Secret Agent #24 - [plot unknown]

21 Treacherous Trail Treacherous Trail
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 01/1968

From Secret Agent #26 - [plot unknown]

22 'Terror On The Drume Moor' 'Terror On The Drume Moor'
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 1967

Printed in the British comics magazine Lion Annual 1968. [plot unknown]

23 'Attack of the Rat King' 'Attack of the Rat King'
Published by Fleetway Publishing
Contributors: Antonio Sciotti (artist)
Copyright: 1968

Printed in the British comics magazine Lion Annual 1969. [plot unknown]

MY COMMENTS

       This comicbook spy series is a hoot and a half. I really like straight-laced Barracuda, though he could have given us a real name after all these adventures. Frollo is even better being not as afraid to let his hair down (okay, bad joke 'cause he's bald).
       The plots are terrific with some seriously bad bad guys, especially King Kobra. The dialogue is realistic. The action nearly constant. The artwork is fantastic. I have become a huge fan of black and white artwork where shading plays such a key role.
       I am still missing a few of the stories. I will always be on the hunt cause I want more.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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